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Principles of Genetics Hardcover – August 23, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470903599 ISBN-10: 0470903597 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons; 6th edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470903597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470903599
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Principles of Genetics, 6e balances key content and problem solving so that students can apply what they are reading to help solve related problems. Instructors and students can feel confident that they have the following in-text tools and supplements they need to succeed in the genetics course:

In-Text tools

  • Test Your Problem-Solving Skills feature shows students how to approach and solve a key problem. In addition, a Solve It icon prompts students to go online to work with animated tutorials. Practice problems for all question types are found at the end of each chapter.
  • The Focus On boxes (one per chapter) have been revised to include the most current developments in genetics as well as the most relevant topics to students.
  • A streamlined topical coverage, vetted by a panel of genetics instructors, makes for a text that is manageable in size. This textbook will provide instructors and students with in-depth explanations of key topics frequently covered in a one-semester course.

On-Line Tools

  • Animated solutions to the Solve It prompts in the text utilize Camastia Studio software, a registered trademark of TechSmith Corporation. There tutorials provide step-by-step solutions that appear as if they are written out by hand as an instructor voice-over explains each step.
  • GO Problem tutorials help students build confidence as they observe a problem being worked out and then attempt to solve a similar problem on their own.

About the Author

D. Peter Snustad is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Davis. He began his faculty career in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at Minnesota in 1965, became a charter member of the new Department of Genetics in 1966, and moved to the Department of Plant Biology in 2000. During his 43 years at Minnesota, he taught courses ranging from general biology to biochemical genetics. His initial research focused on the interactions between bacteriophage T4 and its host, E. coli. In the 1980s, his research switched to the cytoskeleton of Arabidopsis and the glutamine synthetase genes of corn. His honors include the Morse-Amoco and Dagley Memorial teaching awards and election to Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A lifelong love of the Canadian wilderness has kept him in nearby Minnesota.

Michael J. Simmons is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received his B.A. degree in biology from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Simmons has taught a variety of courses, including genetics and population genetics. He has also mentored many students on research projects in his laboratory. Early in his career he received the Morse-Amoco teaching award from the University of Minnesota in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education. Dr. Simmons’s research focuses on the genetic significance of transposable elements in the genome of Drosophila melanogaster. He has served on advisory committees at the National Institutes of Health and was a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Genetics for 21 years. One of his favorite activities, figure skating, is especially compatible with the Minnesota climate.

Customer Reviews

It's a book the school told me to get.
Stephen R. Hubbell, Jr.
The kindle version of this book is very easy to navigate, looks great and is much easier to carry around then the physical book.
SlinkZ
Easy material to learn whether a layman or a student.
Sam

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SlinkZ on March 14, 2013
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The kindle version of this book is very easy to navigate, looks great and is much easier to carry around then the physical book. The book also opens up quickly and had little load time when navigating the book. My only complaint is there was a couple times that a portion of the book was absent or "cut out". This was not a weird loading error because the page would always show up with the portion missing. Also, I don't think you can open this book through the kindle app on another computer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam on September 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Great book. Well explained clear text and diagrams. Includes problems along the way. Easy material to learn whether a layman or a student.
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This book is awful. But here are the pros and cons broken down.
Cons:
1. By far, the worst part of the book is that it gets bogged down in detailed and complicated examples, making it difficult to understand the underlying concept. (It's like learning how to cook by having someone describe the step by step process of making bread. The example only teaches you a tiny aspect and you get lost in the purpose.)
2. The diagrams, instead of being included in between the text that describes it, is pushed off to the side, making it difficult to follow the text and the diagram at the same time. Often, the diagrams and the descriptive text are on completely different pages from each other.
3. Also, the diagrams often look like they originated in the 1990's and have never been updated.
4. I firmly believe that any well-written science textbook should be more diagrams than text. This book does not have nearly enough diagrams and is extremely wordy. Maybe that's how they taught in the 90's, but it's not how people are used to learning nowadays.
5. The in-chapter problems do not have a solution anywhere in the book. The solutions are found on the student companion site in video format (awful quality). So in order to check your answer or see why you missed it, you get stuck watching a 10 minute video. The video sound quality is horrible (lots of air, and even if you turn your volume up 100% you can hardly hear) and is simply a picture of a paper with a monotone voice reading a dry script. In other words, don't bother.
6. In my mind, the student companion site can make or break a book. This book's student companion site is awful.
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used it all the time in my genetics class, I really loved that it was hole punched so that i can put it in a binder and take notes right next to the page.
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Had to read it for genetics, overall good textbook..... But genetics isn't for me and wish I hadn't had to pay for the book.
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